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Delta variant - latest case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths as nearly 30,000 cases reported in a week

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Don't miss a thing by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox Public Health England (PHE) has released the latest figures on the Delta variant of coronavirus for the number of new cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

According to the most recent data, cases of the variant of concern first identified in India, which now makes up 91 per cent of cases in the UK, are estimated to be doubling every four and a half days in some parts of England.

Cases of the Delta variant in the UK are up by nearly 30,000 in the space of seven days - from 12,431 last week to 42,323 this week.

PHE added that the steep increase in confirmed cases has been driven partly by a reduction in test turnaround times and a faster process for identifying

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